Bonnie Kay Snethen
Bonnie Kay Snethen, age 78, died Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Hemet California. After a decade long battle with dementia, her mind and body could no longer sustain her and she passed peacefully in her sleep.
She was born on May 8, 1941 in Los Angeles California to Charles Crisco Sullans and Maxine Conaway. She married Eric Wayne Snethen on June 4, 1960 and they had two children, Tracy & Julie. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Christopher Snethen. Bonnie is survived by her sister Cathy Lavery, her two children Tracy Snethen & Julie Dove, four grandchildren Connie Draper, Shawna Fluckiger, Austin Dove, and Kaylynn Dove, and two greatgrandchildren Anya Draper and Tali Draper.
My mom was my anchor and was always there for me as I was growing up and would do anything for me if she could. As the dementia took hold, our roles changed and I had the opportunity to help her. She always had a smile on her face and was ready to help any way that she could. In the care facility that she was in for the last 5 years, she was the bright beam and shining hope for many of the new residents as she greeted them with open arms to make them feel welcome. Everyone who knew my mom loved her and she loved them right back. About a week and a half before her passing, the last time she was able to speak to me, she told me that she loved me. That’s just the type of person that she was.
Mom was a very strong, independent woman who loved the outdoors, gardening, walking, camping, lake trips and traveling. Most of all, she loved being with her family. She was the most loving and caring person and everyone who knew her loved her. We were lucky enough to have her as our Mom and will always cherish the memories we have until we see her again.
Though she will be sorely missed, I’m grateful to know that she has been reunited with her mom & dad and her grandson Christopher who I know were waiting for her with open arms as she crossed through the veil of mortality. I’m so grateful to know that I will be able to see her once again when it is my time to return home.